Pam Souders Rozell: Miss Georgia 1977
Talent Award at Miss Georgia & Miss Thomasville
Pam Souders Rozell grew up in Thomasville, Georgia, where she began singing and dancing at a very early age. Her life of being front and center on stage escalated when she became Miss Thomasville in 1976 at 17 years of age and Miss Georgia at 18 years old. She competed in Miss America later that year and during her reign as Miss Georgia she had the privilege of singing at The White House for President Jimmy Carter, at many professional major sporting events, as well as numerous other appearances. In 1981, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Music.
Upon her graduation from USC, she launched her career in entertainment. Within two years she had the privilege of being cast on Broadway in the musical “42nd Street” and was in the original “Los Angeles Company.” Over the next several years, her career took her all over the world. She was the headline entertainer for seven major cruise lines; she was a headline singer in Monte Carlo, France at the Casino du Monaco and The Sporting Club; she was also a headline singer in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Even as she left the world of entertainment and pursued her passion of sharing her faith, Pam still used her gift to sing and write for God. She is a Christian recording artist with 10 CD’s available on iTunes. Her current album was released in December and is a Classical EP going back to her roots as an opera singer, which was the talent she displayed in the Pageants. The dress she is wearing in her most recent photo is the gown she won Miss Georgia in 37 years ago!
Pam met her husband (of nearly 27 years), Michael Rozell, on a blind date in 1987 in LA and they married in three weeks after a whirlwind romance. The couple continued to pursue their personal careers until 1991, when she and her husband were asked by their church to put together a presentation of Jeremiah 18 – the Potter and the clay – for a Women’s Retreat. With Michael’s background as a potter and hers as a singer/songwriter, they were able to throw together the first of what would end up being one of over more than over 3300 performances of that simple, yet profound presentation. They had no idea that what started as a simple request to help demonstrate a retreat theme would end up being a life-long passion and career in presenting the Gospel to people around the world. It took that one time to ignite the fire of wanting to share Jesus with the world and they’ve been doing it ever since.
In 1992, Pam and her husband, Michael, founded Potter’s Field Ministries – a non-profit faith-based ministry. For the last 22 years they have traveled worldwide presenting an evangelical message through the medium of the potter and the clay. As Michael creates a 75-lb piece of pottery live, Pam sings original songs she wrote about the process and their lives, and they share their testimonies. It is a unique audio/visual that leaves an indelible impression on the heart. They present at an average of over 150 services per year through which they raise awareness and support for the other two arms of their ministry:
Potter’s Field Kids – This program started nine years ago and was birthed from their work with World Vision, where their passion to help the hungry and the helpless began. Potter’s Field currently works through local churches to feed, educate, evangelize, and provide medical help to children in five international locations – Costa Rica, Kenya, Guatemala, Uganda, and Cambodia. Pam finds it quite ironic that although she was never able to have children herself, God has given her the privilege of caring for over 6000 of His children around the world.
IGNITE Mission Training School was created when it became obvious to the Rozells that just sending money wasn’t enough to help the kids in their Potter’s Field locations. They turned their passion to share Jesus into a missions training program and over the course of three years they have sent 93 interns to the field (for a total of 50.8 years of combined missionary service). The program, which is for young people from 18-29, requires a one-year commitment. The interns spend three months in training, six months on the field, one month in reentry, and two months serving back at their local home church. The training had previously been in Montana at the Potter’s Field 80-acre Ranch, but has more currently moved to their new Central American Headquarters in Antigua, Guatemala.
As Pam enters the next season of her life, she is taking on more opportunities to impact lives back at home in Montana as she converts the Potter’s Field Lodge property, where her 11 horses and 2 goats live, into an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Center. Marrying her love for horses with her passion for children and people, as an certified EAL certified instructor, she hopes to help troubled kids and souls in Whitefish where she fully intends to implement the mission of Potter’s Field, which is “transforming lives forever.” From there she will open the facility to help whomever the Lord sends.
Pam and her husband currently reside in Whitefish, Montana along with their 3 dogs. In addition to touring with Potter’s Field, she is also a conference and retreat speaker and is about to have her first book published.
For more information on Pam and Potter’s Field, you can visit their website at: www.pottersfield.org.